by Nick Bailey, recruit757
The rain did not keep the fans away Friday night when the Hornets of Deep Creek tried to keep their playoff hopes alive versus Lakeland. The rain came in waves and so did the scoring last night in Chesapeake. Turnovers and missed opportunities made this game into a nail biter that in the end came down to one yard.
Lakeland started the game off hot and looked poised to play spoiler against the Hornets. After the Cavaliers first drive was ended by a field goal miss due to a bad hold, an interception thrown by Terrence Shambry of Deep Creek was returned 37 yards for a touchdown by Lakeland. The score was 7-0 with 8:55 left in the first quarter. After punts were traded by both teams, Lakeland struck again. Jordan Stokeley caught a few clutch blocks that led to a 20 yard touchdown run and with that the score was 14-0 with 2:23 left in the first. Deep Creek drove twice into the red zone but due to untimely interceptions and turnover on downs, they never put points onto the board. There was no more scoring in the half, so the score at halftime was 14-0 in favor of the Cavaliers.
In the second half, both teams looked like completely different teams, one for the better and the other for the worse.
Lakeland was fighting to hold the lead, but never silenced the buzzing Hornets. Deep Creek threw one last interception to begin the second half and luckily for them, that would be their last costly mistake.
After each team punted four times between the two of them, Deep Creek found themselves pinned back on their own 10 yard line. After two big plays from Trey Williamson, the Hornets capped off a 90 yard drive with a touchdown run by Joe Whitfield. The PAT was no good and the score was 14-6. The Hornets took their turn returning interceptions for touchdowns when Keyshawn Sykes took one to the house with 9:38 left to go in the game. After a successful two-point conversion, the score was tied at 14.
Later in the fourth quarter, Deep Creek intercepted the ball once more and ran this one back to the Lakeland 18-yard line. Just a few plays later Deep Creek took the lead with a 3-yard touchdown run by Joe Whitfield with 6:33 left in the game. Lakeland drove the ball down to the 8-yard line but unfortunately turned the ball over on downs. On the ensuing possession, Lakeland forced Deep Creek to punt and Deep creek took the safety to ensure that there was no punt return for a touchdown.
The safety made the score 21-16 with 10 seconds left in the game. Lakeland ran the ensuing kickoff out of bounds and had enough time to run two plays. The last play was a pass from the Deep Creek 45 yard line to the end zone that was caught, the refs then ruled the player to be pushed out of bounds at the one yard line. The final whistle blew and the Hornets won the game by a score of 21-16.
When asked about Deep Creek’s playoff chances, Head Coach Calvin Copeland had this to say: “We have one more game to win, after that game we will assess our situation.”
Overall the game was wet and sloppy but the Hornets made a champion’s comeback to keep their playoff hopes alive.
– Nick Bailey